• HCS stages musical productions and concerts and Music Technology students are encouraged to help organise the live sound and recording of these events.
  • Students are encouraged to practise their skills and can record themselves and friends.
  • The department is equipped with computers and specialist music software, including Sonar Producer, Home Studio and Sibelius.
  •  The department has a small recording studio with sufficient range of microphones to experiment with most recording techniques.
  • Our smaller class sizes guarantee individual guidance and tuition.
  • Although most of our initial practice recordings take place in the department’s recital room, we often make use of the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and the Chapel because of their superior acoustic properties. On occasions we have taken the studio out of school for location recordings.

In A Level Music Technology you will study how popular music is ‘produced’. How is music recorded? What type of microphone do I need? Where do I put it? What do I do to the recording? How do I add extra layers? How do I make sure all the layers blend?

You will also study the musical characteristics of a range of various popular styles. What should the typical 80’s rock drum kit sound like? How do I program a Reggae style bass? What do the backing singers do in a Motown song? Music technology, like other forms of technology, advances rapidly. This course involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills.

Who is it for?

  • I’m a composer and want to learn more about how to write a song.
  • I’m a performer and want to learn more about how to sound good in my recordings and live.
  • I want to learn what a recording engineer and a producer do.

How will I study?

Classes are taught using teacher led activities and practical tasks. Recording tasks will typically require group work and an ability to communicate effectively with others. Generally tasks will involve individual work at a computer, occasionally sharing progress with other students.

It is expected that students will book extra time in the studio to practice their skills, initially during their study periods and later, nearing coursework deadlines out of school hours.

What do I need to start the course?

Candidates are expected to be musicians who have an interest in technology. Whilst it is helpful to the running of the course to be a good performer it is not an assessed part of the qualification. It is however very useful to have some basic keyboard skills and a knowledge of music theory.

It is not a requirement to have taken GCSE Music so long as you are able to demonstrate a musical ability.

For full course specifications visit: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/music/tech/

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Hampshire Collegiate School near Romsey is an independent school for boys and girls 2–18. Our 130 acre site – once home to Florence Nightingale – includes beautiful Grade II listed woodland gardens, sports pitches and educational facilities. We combine an ‘academic ambition’ programme with development of a wide range of skills and interests for every pupil.

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